Comparing Kronos Worldwide (KRO) & Granite Falls Energy (GFGY)

Granite Falls Energy (OTCMKTS:GFGY) and Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

20.8% of Kronos Worldwide shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Kronos Worldwide shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Granite Falls Energy and Kronos Worldwide’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Granite Falls Energy N/A N/A N/A
Kronos Worldwide 12.34% 24.22% 10.65%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Granite Falls Energy and Kronos Worldwide, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Granite Falls Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kronos Worldwide 1 1 1 0 2.00

Kronos Worldwide has a consensus target price of $25.33, indicating a potential upside of 80.57%. Given Kronos Worldwide’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Kronos Worldwide is more favorable than Granite Falls Energy.

Dividends

Kronos Worldwide pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. Granite Falls Energy does not pay a dividend. Kronos Worldwide pays out 40.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Granite Falls Energy and Kronos Worldwide’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Granite Falls Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kronos Worldwide $1.66 billion 0.98 $354.50 million $1.77 7.93

Kronos Worldwide has higher revenue and earnings than Granite Falls Energy.

Summary

Kronos Worldwide beats Granite Falls Energy on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Granite Falls Energy Company Profile

Granite Falls Energy, LLC produces and sells fuel-grade ethanol, distillers' grains, and non-edible corn oil in the United States. Its ethanol is a fuel component for the wholesale gasoline distributors or blenders, which is produced from corn and various other grains for use as an octane enhancer in fuels; an oxygenated fuel additive for reducing ozone and carbon monoxide vehicle emissions; a non-petroleum-based gasoline substitute; and a renewable fuel to displace consumption of imported oil. The company also provides distillers grains, a co-product of the ethanol production process that is used as an animal feed ingredient in the beef and dairy cattle, poultry, and hog markets; and corn oil, which is used primarily as a biodiesel feedstock and as a supplement for animal feed, as well as corn syrup, a by-product of the ethanol production process. In addition, it operates natural gas pipeline. The company markets and distributes its ethanol and distillers' grains through its third party marketers; and sells corn oil to diesel manufacturers. Granite Falls Energy, LLC was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Granite Falls, Minnesota.

Kronos Worldwide Company Profile

Kronos Worldwide, Inc. produces and markets titanium dioxide pigments (TiO2) in Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. It produces TiO2 in two crystalline forms, rutile and anatase to impart whiteness, brightness, opacity, and durability for various products, such as paints, coatings, plastics, paper, fibers, and ceramics, as well as for various specialty products, such as inks, food, and cosmetics. The company also produces ilmenite, a raw material used directly as a feedstock by sulfate-process TiO2 plants; iron-based chemicals, which are used as treatment and conditioning agents for industrial effluents and municipal wastewater, as well as in the manufacture of iron pigments, cement, and agricultural products; titanium oxychloride for use in the formulation of pearlescent pigments, and production of electroceramic capacitors for cell phones and other electronic devices; and titanyl sulfate that is used in pearlescent pigments, natural gas pipe, and other specialty applications. In addition, it sells and provides technical services for its products. The company sells its products under the Kronos brand through distributors and agents to paint, plastics, decorative laminate, and paper manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Kronos Worldwide, Inc. is a subsidiary of Valhi, Inc.

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